NORMAL – Several seniors participating in this weekend’s IHSA Class 3A and 4A state finals figure to be headed back to central Illinois in a little more than three months.
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2014 all-state teams Friday, and the seniors honored are invited to Illinois Wesleyan in adjacent Bloomington for a June 21 all-star game.
Batavia senior guard Liza Fruendt, the Upstate Eight Conference River Division Player of the Year, was part of the 15-member first team. Fruendt, a Missouri State recruit, earned recognition as an Associated Press Class 4A second-team all-state selection earlier this week.
Burlington Central sophomore forward Sam Pryor was AP second-team all-state in 3A.
Geneva senior guard Sidney Santos was a third-team IBCA honoree. IBCA special mention players included Batavia senior Erin Bayram, Batavia sophomore Hannah Frazier, St. Charles North junior Nichole Davidson, Geneva junior Janie McCloughan and Geneva senior Morgan Seberger.
True to your school: Central nearly scored one – and a big one – for public schools by pushing Montini to the brink in Friday’s opening 3A semifinal.
The lone nonprivate school among 3A semifinalists had plenty of vocal support from its fans, but there also was a student sign that resonated.
One student held a “God Loves Us For Free” sign during warmups and in the early stages of the game before casting it aside.
In 4A, just one private school, Marian Catholic, is part of the final four.
Et cetera: Central has held opponents to an average of 33.7 points in five postseason games. ... Rolling Meadows edged Geneva in a fitness relay at the end of the first quarter of the schools’ semifinal. The 3-on-3, baseline-to-baseline competition involved students completing 20 pushups, situps and jumping jacks.